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Circulars dated:   13/7/19   9/7/19   1/7/19

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NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? July 2019

Part One below - A full listing for the coming month
Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) later events
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended Southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

***** Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) later events *****

***** Part Three - Other Stuff *****


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Harberton Folk Circular - Saturday 13 July 2019

This is by way of an interim circular, containing just a few newly notified events, important updates, and a couple of diary notes for events way in the future which will most likely sell out when tickets are available.
The full open-ended Southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

NEW 2-4 August 2019 - Laufest - Wembury
A homegrown 3-day multi-genre music festival bursting with heart and soul, in aid of the breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel. Along with the  handpicked selection of incredible acts on the main stage, this year LauFest also has the honour of playing host to the highly coveted ‘BBC Introducing Stage‘ which will showcase an eclectic line up of the South West’s most exciting new talent all weekend. One of the headline acts is Wildwood Kin. Full details www.laufest.com.

UPDATED 2-9 August 2019 - Sidmouth Folk Festival
The full programme is available to download now!

NEW 9-11 August 2019 - Dartmoor Folk Festival Ceilidhs - South Zeal
Friday night ceilidh: The Dartmoor Pixie Band with Sarah Bazeley calling
Saturday night ceilidh: Kirkophany - John Kirkpatrick and family with JK calling
Full festival details: www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

NEW Rescheduled from Thursday 9 May - relatively few tickets left
Sunday 8 September 2019 - Sharon Shannon & Seckou Keita: Sacred Earth - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Legendary Irish accordion maestro Sharon Shannon brings a new live show on UK tour 2019. Joined by her band, Jim Murray acoustic guitar, Jack Maher electric guitar, vocals and Sean Regan, fiddle, percussion and beatbox, Sharon will perform music from her many albums throughout the years, including 2017’s Sacred Earth. Recorded at Real Worlds Studios and produced by Robert Plant producer, Justin Adams, Sacred Earth features many tracks with African influences and indeed African musicians as collaborators and guests. Seckou Keita from Senegal playing Kora and percussion was one of the key collaborators. Now Seckou joins Sharon and her band, as a special guest on this tour. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 12 September 2019 7.30pm - Martin Simpson - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Folk at the Flavel welcomes back a true Flavel favourite, one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin Simpson. Martin will be featuring new tracks from an album being recorded for release over the summer. The sell-out audiences at Martin’s previous visits to the Flavel have seen that whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material he is a guitarist of immense subtlety. Martin has been nominated an astounding 31 times in the 16 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer. There is no doubt that, after 45 years as a professional musician, Martin is better than ever. Book at www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

Two diary dates for The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth
Friday 13 March 2020 - Peter Knight & John Spiers
Saturday 25 April 2020 - Cara Dillon

NEW Friday 13 September 2019 8pm - Miranda Sykes - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Many will know Miranda as the bass player and singer with Show Of Hands but she is an amazing performer in her own right. Accompanied by double bass and acoustic guitar she is a brilliant songwriter with a beautiful soulful voice. Her career spans 20 years and has seen her perform with many artists, including Robb Johnson, Firebrand, Phil Beer Band, Rex Preston, Martyn Joseph, Reg Meuross, and Chris Hoban, tonight's special guest support:, a fantastic songwriter, much acclaimed by Steve Knightley, who has performed and recorded many of his songs with Show Of Hands. This concert is part of Miranda's tour to support her latest solo album, Behind The Wall. www.mirandasykes.com. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) - Paid in advance £12; advanced notice without pre-payment £14 (paid on door). Info / ticket enquiries contact: exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub. www.exeterfolkclub.org.



Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 9 July 2019

Part One below - A full listing to the end of August
Part Two - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

Fri/Sat 19/20 July 2019 - Chagstock Festival - Whiddon Down, nr Chagford

Saturday 20 July 2019 8pm - James Hickman & Dan Cassidy - Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
This virtuoso duo create a unique sound that flows from the connection between British and American folk, bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. James Hickman's emotive vocals, driving guitar and lively English wit are complemented by Dan Cassidy's virtuosic fiddling, bone-dry irony and American drawl. Dan Cassidy (brother of the late Eva Cassidy) grew up in Maryland, but is now based in Iceland. James Hickman grew up in Shropshire on a diet of folk and bluegrass, and now tours internationally with Uiscedwr. Previous winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, expect a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey from these rising stars. www.hickmanandcassidy.co.uk. Tickets £10. Information and reservations from Hugh on 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.

Saturday 20 July 2019 8pm - The Leylines - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
5-piece West-Country collective (vocals/guitar; violin; electric fuitar; bass; drums) established in 2013, with a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from traditional folk to full blown festival rock. The Leylines was founded by a group of musicians in Weston-super-Mare (via Bristol), wishing to combine their individual musical styles into something that isn’t quite folk, sort of punk, 100% heart-pounding revelry. This unique sound, combined with original lyrics centered around life on the road and the state of society, has launched the band into the heart of the live music community and made them firm favourites of the festival circuit. www.carnglaze.com.

Sunday 21 July 2019  - The Ruggle Regatta - Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
Free event. Line-up: Back Beach Boyz from Teignmouth, followed by Wild Goose, Skylark, Widecombe Singers, Raven’s Return and then Banned from the Moor. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

Sunday 21 July 2019 7.45pm - Reg Meuross - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
The 2019 "Soloist of the Year" award at Folking.com further confirms Reg's status as an outstanding singer/songwriter, who produces deeply meaningful, highly moving songs and accompanies them on guitar with captivating melodies. Protest songs, love songs, historical story songs and social comment are all part of his extensive repertoire. £10. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.
The Club is closed for the whole of the month of August.

Sunday 21 July 2019 8pm - Free feature spot: Paul Downes & Warwick Downes - Topsham Folk Club, Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Topsham folk club singers’ night includes an hour with Paul Downes and Warwick Downes ahead of their appearance at this year’s Whitby Folk Week. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Thursday 25 July 2019 8pm - Hat Fitz & Cara - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Hat Fitz is a veteran wild man of the blues scene in Australia. Cara draws on her soul background, and although blessed with a sensational voice she was not content to be labelled as ‘just a singer’. She has taken to drumming duties as well as washboards, flute and tin whistle, sometimes all at once. www.hatfitzandcara.com. Full details, tickets etc. www.calstockhall.com.

Thursday 25 July 2019 - Tipitina - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Another return visit to the Mill from this wonderful trio. Their music is a life-enhancing blend of swing, boogie woogie, jive and blues in the New Orleans tradition. Championed by BBC Radio 2’s Paul Jones, the band had us dancing in the aisles on previous visits. “Vocalist Debbie Jones is as sultry as a night downtown, Justin Randall’s piano boogies like there’s no tomorrow... Glorious”(The Mail). www.bigbearmusic.com/tipitina. www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 26 July 2019 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: The Countrymen - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The Countrymen return with their unique brand of Cornish folk-rock harmony. Since their last appearance with us, they’ve played the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, Falmouth Week with The Wurzels, Looe Saves the Day, as well as appearances on BBC Radio Cornwall and BBC Spotlight. Plus there’s a new CD in the can. This event is part of Calstock Heritage Weekend, so this is the time to visit the village if you like steamboats, folk music, Morris dancing, sea shanties and drinking and lazing on the quay, hopefully in the sun! Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to the band please. Full details www.calstockarts.org. Doors 7pm.

NEW Saturday 27 July 2019 8pm - Pirates of St Piran - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
A night of swashbuckling shanty singing and rebel rousing. Tickets £8 adv from Calstock Post Office, Lime Kiln Gallery or online from www.ents24.com, Calstock Post Office and The Lime Kiln Gallery; £10 door.

Saturday 27 July 2019 7.30pm - Spooky Men's Chorale - Civic Hall, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5SF (map)
The manchoir emerged blinking-eyed from the Blue Mountains of New South Wales 15 years ago and, armed with no more than their impressively cavernous vocal chords, a nice line in deadpan, improbable facial hair and an ill-matched set of hats, have been gleefully wooing audiences throughout Australia, NZ and the UK ever since. Brandishing a shiny brand new CD Welcome to The Second Half, the magnificent, craggy ensemblage of heavenly singing male bodies return to the UK in 2019, ever more comfortable with their whimsical humour and musical breadth – a winning spectrum of Georgian songs, pindrop-beautiful ballads, highly inappropriate covers and immaculate man anthems. Acclaimed a capella choir Glorious Chorus will be supporting. Details, tickets £22+/£18+ etc. https://spookymen.com/event/2-3/.

27 July-24 August 2019 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
Folk during week 2, 3-10 August. Courses: T
hree Hundred Years: Music from Northumberland and the Borders (Alistair Anderson) - Creative Writing: Poetry of Place (Katrina Porteous with Alexis Bennett) - Folk Choir (Harbottle & Jonas) - Playing for Dancing (Alistair Anderson) - Folk Collective (Emily Portman, Alexis Bennett, Harbottle & Jonas) - Folk Surgery (Alexis Bennett) - Creative Conversations (James Runcie). Full details www.dartington.org/whats-on/programme/summer-school. Concert/ceilidh information tba

NEW Sunday 28 July 2019 7.30pm - Acoustic Strawbs - Tavistock Wharf (map)
The classic line-up, David Cousins, Dave Lambert play an unplugged set. From acoustic to electric and back again is a journey the Strawbs make with consummate musical ease. The band’s leading light Dave Cousins began his creative career by serving his apprenticeship in the reflective, accomplished world of British traditional folk. Back when they were known as The Strawberry Hill Boys, they enjoyed the eternal distinction of having the legendary vocalist Sandy Denny in the line-up. Decades on, the Strawbs are among the best purveyors of this musical heritage around today.

NEW 2-9 August 2019 - Sidmouth Folk Festival
Sidmouth Folk Festival goes back to its roots in 2019 and reclaims its title for its 65th edition.
www.sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk. Join the festival mailing list for regular updates.

NEW Saturday 3 August 2019 - Barn Dance with Red Shed - West Town Farm, Ide nr Exeter EX2 9TG
Fireside storytelling; creativity; music; food 6-8pm; dancing 8-11pm. Ticket price includes food. Adv £10 adult; £5 child via https://fixr.co/event/679108883 or email info@organicarts.org.uk, 01392 811080.; on gate £12 adult; £6 child. Bar. All proceeds to organicARTS the educational charity based at West Town Farm.

NEW 3-7 August 2019 - Sidmouth Fringe Sessions - Salcombe Regis
Coincides with (but independent of) the long-established Sidmouth Folk Festival. The Sessions celebrate the very best in emerging acts, breaking artists and under-the-radar musicians - not just locally but from across the whole UK. The Fringe has been supported by BBC Introducing (Devon & Cornwall) over recent years who host the shows. Plus occasional international touring artists. A fantastic mini festival of live music. An eclectic mix of many genres - and has included folk/roots, bluegrass, stomp, blues, acoustic, jazzfusion, world and indie rock/pop - plus everything in-between. Full details www.sidmouthfringe.co.uk.

NEW Friday 9 August 2019 7.30pm - Ninebarrow - St John The Baptist Church, Walkhampton Road, Horrabridge PL20 7RF
Multi-award-winning folk duo who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon’ category for Best Emerging Artist; their latest album, ‘The Waters and the Wild’ (released in April 2018) was awarded 5-stars in both The Morning Star and the English Folk Dance & Song Society’s EDS Magazine, and has received airplay on BBC Radios 2, 3, 6 Music, Wales and Scotland. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed it as ‘absolutely monumental’. Tickets £12.50. Full details www.ninebarrow.co.uk/horrabridge.

NEW 9-11 August 2019 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal
Artists include: Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys (Friday night); Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar; Sara Grey & Kieron Means; Moirai; The Jellyman's Daughter; Kirkophany (Saturday night ceilidh, with John Kirkpatrick and family and JK calling); Luke Daniels (Sunday); The Postman Poet Show (Liz Shakespeare, Nick Wyke, Becki Driscoll); The Stowes (Sunday); The Dartmoor Pixie Band (Friday night & Sunday night); Ramsley Minors (Sunday); Crazy Goat (Sunday). Full details www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

NEW 16-18 August 2019 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter
Line-up includes: Levellers, The Stranglers, Steeleye Span, Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman, Ferocious Dog, Cara Dillon, Tom Robinson, Fisherman’s Friends, Karine Polwart, Grace Petriem Sound of the Sirens. www.beautifuldays.org.

NEW Wednesday 21 August 2019 2-4pm - Causley & Coldfield - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Join acclaimed singer-songwriter Jim Causley and actor Charlie Coldfield for a gentle trip down memory lane. Featuring songs you will know and love interspersed with short readings and poems. Tickets £5, to include refreshments. For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW 22-26 August 2019 - Cornwall Folk Festival - Wadebridge
5 evening concerts: Steve Knightley; Wizz Jones at 80 Celebration + Midnight Skyracer; The Unthanks and Krelys; Flats and Sharps + Mick Ryan’s ‘Here at the Fair’ folk opera; Noble Jacks + Granny’s Attic. Plus local and regional musicians, workshops etc. www.cornwallfolkfestival.com. Early bird tickets now on sale.

NEW Friday 23 August 2019 7.30pm - Land of the Giants - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Returning to play in Kingskerswell with their foot-stomping beats and contagious enthusiasm after a jam-packed show that saw people dancing in the aisles and leaving the church with giant grins on their faces! A brass section that will make you grin from ear to ear, heavy toe-tapping basslines and Andy Quick’s sensuous, soaring vocals. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 29 August 2019 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A return visit from Best Duo winners in the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, with their recent album “Tomorrow Will Follow Today”. Kathryn and Sean are widely recognised as two of the folk scene’s most accomplished musicians. Musical collaborators with the likes of Seth Lakeman (Sean’s younger brother), Cara Dillon, the Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, this husband and wife duo deliver an intimacy and strength of passion in their music. Kathryn’s sublime voice and effortless delivery, combined with Sean’s gifted guitar playing and masterly arrangements make for a captivating live performance. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com. www.ottertonmill.com.

***** Part Two - Other Stuff *****

Lympstone - July Session Update
Lympstone (nr. Exmouth): Lympstone Folk, Roots & Acoustic: Instead of the previously announced cancellation for July, there will be a trial session in the upstairs room at the Redwing pub in Lympstone, not the Saddlers Arms, which expects to be very busy with diners. Still at 8.30pm, and on the fourth Wednesday, 24 July. Car park at the rear of the pub. All other details are the same. Olly: 01395 225075, 07741 409265, ollydavey1950@gmail.com).



Harberton Folk Circular - Monday 1 July 2019

Part One below - A full listing for July
Part Two - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

What's On at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth - July 2019
The full and varied music and events programme for the Bicton Inn can be found at www.bictoninn.co.uk (and www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/bictoninn.htm).

***** Part Two - Other Stuff *****

Saturday 21 September 2019 11am-11pm - Crabstock - Kingsbridge - A New Mini Folk Fest
Music all day at the Crabshell Inn on the banks of the Kingsbridge Estuary. The Big Tent will give hourly concerts from 12-6pm with guests Dandy Jim, Cool Beanz, Silvington, Old Gaffers, Orchard Family and Harbottle & Jonas. Simultaneously there will a continuous succession of fine musicians showcasing “on the deck”, while upstairs a variety of “sessions” will run all day. All this culminates at 8pm with a Ceilidh. Cost only £10 for access to all the events! Tickets available from Kingsbridge Information Centre, The Quay, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1HS (cheques payable to Crabstock). Either collect or add 75p if you wish to have them posted to you. To pay by card, ‘phone the Centre on 01548 853195. For further information about Crabstock visit
www.shamstrad.co.uk and for full performer information and updates visit www.crab-stock.co.uk. Should you have any queries call Paul Rossiter on 07975 763167.This is a not-for-profit day, but monies left over will be donated equally to The Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline and support for local traditional music events.

Coming later at The Watermark in Ivybridge
(early booking advised for these shows which will undoubtedly sell out at The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map))
Thursday 10 October 2019 8pm - Fairport Convention
Thursday 5 December 2019 8pm - St. Agnes Fountain
Wednesday 18 December 2019 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk for full details, bookings etc.

Twiggs Gigs Autumn 2019 Programme - Exeter
Saturday 7 September - Steve Pledger - House concert at Twigg's Digs, Exeter
Tuesday 22 October - Willy Porter - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Saturday 9 November - Joseph Parsons - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Thursday 14 November -
Martyn Joseph - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
For details see https://twiggsgigs.wordpress.com. www.facebook.com/twiggsgigs

Bradninch Folk Club News
BRADFOLK, the informal gathering of musicians and singers will continue on the 1st Tuesday of the month in the function room at the White Lion from 8pm. It is free for performers and audience and we never really know what will happen, but it is an opportunity to meet, play and discuss music.
Guest Nights at the Bradninch Folk Club are on the Move
The Guest Nights at the Bradninch Folk Club will start again on 17 September at a new venue, the Guildhall (Fore Street, EX5 4NN). This is because the function room at the Castle with its amazing acoustics is being redeveloped. The club is grateful to all the landlords of the Castle who over the years have provided free accommodation and support. The club as always is working on providing the best performance experience for our audience in September. The room is a larger space on the ground floor which we will lay out to preserve the intimate performance space which is essential for the close relationship which exists between audience and performer but also the room has potential for increasing the audience size and accommodating larger acts. The Guildhall is accessible for disabled persons and it is hoped that this fact and other features of the venue will make it a comfortable space for the audience and performers.


General items retained from previous circulars

A quick note on what gets listed below (and in the Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk):
The listings are of course primarily intended for 'folk' events; they will occasionally include Americana, blues and other genres, particularly if the event organisers have taken the trouble to send me material. Be assured though, they will never include tribute bands! (excellent though many of these are) These e-circulars usually cover the full Diary for the coming 4 to 5 weeks, while the website Diary is completely open-ended and currently includes events through to the end of June 2020.

Session news
Wednesday 26 June 2019 8pm - Below The Blackdowns Traditional Irish session - Honiton Inn, Awliscombe

If you like traditional Irish music or play a traditional instrument and know some Irish tunes please come and join in the fun! A regular monthly session on the 4th Wednesday - but no sessions July/August.

Coming up at: Beehive Arts Centre, Honiton
Friday 7 June 8pm - Edgelarks
Saturday 28 September 7.30pm - Clive Carroll
Wednesday 30 October 7.30pm - Show of Hands ' Now We Are Four' tour
Saturday 16 November 7.45pm - Acoustic Strawbs
Thursday 19 December 8pm -
Mad Dog Mcrea
Box office 01404 384050. Full details, tickets etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Coming up at: Exeter Corn Exchange
Thursday 27 June 8pm - The Blues Band
Wednesday 13 November 8pm - Oysterband & June Tabor
Friday 15 November 8pm - Elkie Brooks
Monday 9 December 2019 8pm - Steeleye Span
Wednesday 26 February 2020 8pm - The Fureys
Monday 4 May 2020 8pm - The Simon & Garfunkel Story
See www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

Coming up at: Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 8 September - Sharon Shannon & Seckou Keita: Sacred Earth
Friday 13 September -
Afro Celt Sound System
Friday 18 October -
Al Stewart
Thursday 24 October -
The Eskies
Monday 28 October -
Grace Petrie
Sunday 3 November -
Paul Simon's Graceland
Tuesday 19 November -
Moya Brennan
Thursday 21 November -
Wildwood Kin (at Lemon Grove, Exeter University)
See www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music for full details.

Attention Ceilidh-goers:
How's this for advance planning by 'Exeter Ceilidhs' - a full programme of events for the 2019/2020 season. All the individual dates will appear on the Diary and Ceilidhs pages on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Sat 28-Sep-19 Pigs Might Fly Rosie Baines
Sat 26-Oct-19 Spinach for Norman Pam Hayes
Sat 30-Nov-19 Flash Co Pete Langley
Sat 25-Jan-20 Dartmoor Pixie Band Sarah Bazeley
Sat 29-Feb-20 Home Brew Simon Maplesden
Sat 28-Mar-20 Chris Toyne's Big Band Sarah Clough
Sat 25-Apr-20 Mischief and Mayhem Gill Spence
Sat 30-May-20 Stick the Fiddle Jeremy Child
Sat 27-Jun-20 Amber Fire Chris Jewell


What's On at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth - June 2019
The full and varied music and events programme for the Bicton Inn can be found at www.bictoninn.co.uk (and www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/bictoninn.htm).

Frequency of these emails
I used to try to get these emails out once a week, but now they seem to be every 10-14 days. Perhaps that's not a bad thing - reducing the information overload - but it does mean that contributors need to give me as much notice as possible to hopefully ensure that their items can be included in good time. JC

Changing your subscription details:
If you change your email, or decide that you don't want to get these messages any longer, please scroll right to the bottom of any Harberton Folk e-circular where you will find links to the Mailchimp system which will enable you to make the appropriate changes.
[this exact wording borrowed from a recent SaDFolk email (Somerset and Dorset Folk) - see Part Two below]

Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings
Website listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SaDFolk) folk events - Regular email updates
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk, Steve Cunio) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
Folk in Cornwall
What it says on the tin - www.folkincornwall.co.uk - clubs, sessions, events...
Acoustic Calendar - Sign up for email updates at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com
Tony Watts' monthly calendar of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mics in the South West. "The Acoustic Calendar is all about DIY music (NOT concerts, gigs, ceilidhs etc). The purpose of the Calendar is to keep you informed of all the places where you can take your voice and/or instrument and join in or do your own thing."
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.


Show of Hands 'Now We Are Four' Autumn Tour Dates Announced
The first and last two tour dates fall within our coverage area!
NEW Wednesday 30 October 2019 7.30pm - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
NEW Friday 6 / Saturday 7 December 2019 7.30pm - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour. And there’s more, because the trio is expanding to include master percussionist Cormac Byrne who returns with his infectious rhythms by popular demand. There are no support acts on this tour, and instead during the opening set each musician will introduce themselves and play in six unique duo combinations where literally anything could happen! This will be an evening spent immersed in the talents of some of the most accomplished musicians of their time, and is not to be missed. Steve says, “With the heartbeat and harmonies that Cormac and Miranda add, we are at last creating a sound we’ve dreamed of making for twenty-five years!”. The album and tour promise infectious new songs and a sound with more depth and intensity than ever before. www.showofhands.co.uk.


What's On at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth - May 2019
The full and varied music and events programme for the Bicton Inn can be found at www.bictoninn.co.uk (and www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/bictoninn.htm).

***** Part Two - Important Admin note: Email delivery problems *****

I've had problems sending the previous two circulars to 190+ addresses (mainly BTInternet, BTOpenworld, Yahoo, Sky, AOL, plus a few others, all of which use the Yahoo email platform). The circulars have been soft-bounced, i.e. rejected, on both recent occasion by most of those addresses "for policy reasons".
When the same address soft-bounces several circulars in succession, MailChimp (the system I use to send circulars) eventually hard-bounces that address, i.e. permanently removes it from the circulation and I, as Admin, cannot then reinstate that address, although the person in question can re-subscribe themself.
This has happened a couple of times over the last 12 months and I have no real idea why it happens, so it's very difficult trying to do anything about it. But this present circular is a trial inasmuch as it employs simpler formatting with less complex underlying code in the hope this may increase the acceptance rate.

In the interim I have been communicating directly with the 190+ about this problem and I would like to thank the large number of them who very helpfully responded to my last communication when I sent a copy of the latest missing circular as a PDF file attachment, apparently successfully, whereas an attempt to simply forward a copy of the original circular to a test group of 10 addresses failed.

Several people also mentioned that they had an alternative email address which could be used for receiving the circulars - and I would ask anyone in this position to please use the 'update subscription preferences' link at the very foot of any circular to update their email address in the MailChimp data base accordingly. Should you no longer be able to access any original circular, I can update your email address for you on request (but it's best if you do it yourself if possible).
If you change to a Gmail address, please note that my circulars may arrive in your Promotions inbox folder.

It remains to be seen whether the 190+ will actually receive this circular.


What's On at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth - April 2019
The full and varied music and events programme for the Bicton Inn can be found at www.bictoninn.co.uk (and www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/bictoninn.htm).

Session news
[Following gleaned verbatim from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
Colyford (nr. Colyton): The White Hart Inn, Swan Hill Road EX24 6QF (Bob: 01297 553201; Kay: 01297 24870; info: woman.friday@yahoo.co.uk). Acoustic session: Second Tuesday of the month, 8pm. “Trad Irish and tunes mostly.” “We've put it on hold for now. Please would you delete the entry and I'll get back to you if we start it up again.” Liz


Shape Note Singing - Monthly Singings - Methodist Church, East Street, Ipplepen TQ12 5SX
Shape note singing is an American Choral tradition of unaccompanied singing in four part harmony.  We will sing from The Sacred Harp which has been in continuous use since 1844, and a newly compiled collection called the Shenandoah Harmony which contains an extensive collection of early American hymns. We are not a traditional choir with no membership or performances. We sing for the joy of the experience rather than for the appraisal of an audience.
We are holding the singings on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Next Singing: Tuesday 26 February 7-9pm. For more information email jeremyjamesdonaldson@gmail.com.

Irish Music in Totnes
1st and 3rd Mondays of the month: Traditional Irish music sessions in the library bar of The Totnes Brewing Co., 59a High Street, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
2nd Tuesday and 4th Monday of the month, 8pm: Celtic/Irish session, with jigs and reels etc. at The
Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes TQ9 5SP (map)


What's coming at Otterton Mill (nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map))
Music indoors in the intimate setting of the upstairs restaurant, or outside under the stars in the courtyard during the summer. All tickets £15 (ticket price covers music only). Pre-booking required. Food served 6pm to 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. Please call the ticket line 01395 568521 to book. No details yet, but the following are listed on www.ottertonmill.com:
Thursday 21 March - Eddie Martin
Thursday 25 April - Steve Tilston
Thursday 2 May - Amber Cross
Thursday 9 May - Kirsty McGee
Friday 7 June - Jim Causley
Friday 28 June - Veronica Sbergia and Max de Bernardi
Thursday 11 July - Eve Selis
Thursday 25 July - Tipitina
Thursday 1 August - James and Black
Thursday 29 August - Roberts and Lakeman
Friday 4 October - Paul Lamb and Chad Strentz
More to follow...


Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Calstock Arts was established in 2010 and is a not-for-profit arts venue. It is largely staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers. Initially set up as a Community Interest Company we converted to Charity status in 2015. Our programme is varied and includes folk, jazz and classical music, dance, films, talks, comedy, workshops and exhibitions. Fully licensed bar. Full programme details: www.calstockarts.org. The current programme includes:
Thursday 7 March 2019 8pm - Leveret
Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Nick Harper: 58 Fordwych Road
Thursday 18 April 2019 8pm - The Askew Sisters
Friday 3 May 2019 8pm - Eliza Carthy & Martin Carthy
Friday 17 May 2019 8pm - The Little Unsaid

Re-launch of Acoustic Warehouse with new name & style for 2019:
Acoustic Warehouse – Music & Performance Club - Newton Abbot RFC, Rackerhayes, Newton Road, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3SJ
Live music club every Monday 7.15-10.15pm, starting on 21st January Open Mic
For each month, the First & Third Mondays (or if there is a Fifth) will be an ‘Open mic’ format; the Second & Fourth Mondays will be ‘Unplugged’.
Example for April 2019: Mon 1st April Open Mic; Mon 8th April Unplugged; Mon 15th April Open Mic; Mon 22nd April Unplugged; Mon 29th April Open Mic
£2 entrance including raffle, raising money for Rowcroft Hospice.

Tunelink - Evening Workshops in Traditional Music and Dance
Wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm at The Mansion, Totnes TQ9 5RP

Spring/summer 2019: January: 30; February: 6, 13; March:: 6, 13, 20, 27; May: 1, 8, 15, 22; June: 5, 12, 19, 26
Evening workshops in traditional music and dance led by Gris Sanderson and Louis Bingham. Please get in touch for more information. See www.facebook.com/TunelinkSW or email tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com.


New contact details for Brixham Folk Club
1st Friday, 8pm, The Old Coaching Inn, 61 Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG. Singers and musicians welcome; the programme includes communal singing and a House Band. For information or queries, please contact Mark Harrod on mnharrod@yahoo.co.uk. [Mark is taking over the reigns from Anne & Steve Gill.]

South Brent - Pack Horse Inn
Following the recent closure of the Oak Inn, not the following at the Pack Horse Inn:
Mixed Folk Session on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month: - mainly a song session/‘sing around’ from around 8.30pm on the - Contact Eileen on 01364 73699 eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.
Traditional Folk at the Pack: (formerly at The Oak) - Traditional music and song on the third Thursday of the month in the Tea Room from 8.00pm(ish). FFI Mick Bramich on 01364 649339.
(The future for other ‘Folk at the Oak’ sessions is being considered).


Upcoming folk shows on Liskeard Radio
Eddie's Folk Music Show starts up again Sunday 25 Nov, 10pm till midnight, 87.7 FM and ONLINE, and then for the first three Sundays in December (2nd, 9th,16th). Please send us details of gigs, sessions, Xmas dos etc, and we'll give yous a shout out. OK? Happy listening! www.liskeardradio.com.


Winter Concerts at the Crabshell, Kingsbridge
Four "free" concerts are planned in the Crabshell this winter, thanks to the landlord and staff for letting us have the room again. We are pleased to announce the line-up for the first concert on Thursday 22 November: Simon Barron and Acorn Shakers will be our guests; full details on www.shamstrad.co.uk. No need to book; but please be seated by 8pm. To get a good seat get in early! Future concerts will be on 24 January, 28 February and 28 March. Programmes are in the process of being sorted. If you would like to be part of a programme on any of these dates or would like to recommend someone you know, please let Paul know as soon as possible (contact details on website).

Ashburton Arts
Ashburton Arts recently celebrated the first anniversary of its purchase of the old Methodist Church. An extensive programme of arts events of many genres currently extending over the next 3 months is available to view at
www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on. Well worth a look through. Here just a few names and dates for starters: 6/10 Mevagissey Male Choir; 20/10 Moscow Drug Club; 16/11 Reg Meuross + Harbottle & Jonas; 24+25/11 Simon Mayor & Hilary James; Meridianum Ensemble. Ticket prices for some events are also tiered, depending on what you can afford.


NEW Tunelink - Evening Workshops in Traditional Music and Dance
Wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm at The Mansion, Totnes TQ9 5RP

Spring/summer 2019: January: 30; February: 6, 13; March:: 6, 13, 20, 27; May: 1, 8, 15, 22; June: 5, 12, 19, 26
Evening workshops in traditional music and dance led by Gris Sanderson and Louis Bingham. Please get in touch for more information. See www.facebook.com/TunelinkSW or email tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com.


1) Church House Inn, Churchstow, sessions run by John Connor start again on Thursday 6 September at 8pm, and thereafter on the first Thursday of each month until June 2019.
2) Dartington , Acoustic Folk Nights at Meadowbrook Community Centre, Shinners Bridge. All musicians welcome, all styles; Songs; Tunes; start 8.30pm; Fridays: Sep 14th; Oct 12th; Nov 9th; Dec 7th. Facebook: meadowbrook dartington community centre.
[Following gleaned verbatim from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
3) Folly Gate (nr. Okehampton) The Crossways Inn EX20 3AH (Pub: 01837 52088; Dave: 07792 259338, http://www.drjams.co.uk/ )
Third Monday of the month, 9pm. Open mic / jam. “Sorry to say that the Crossways jam is no more. Unfortunately we struggled to get the locals out to support it but thank you to everyone who came and performed and I wish the Crossways all the best for the future.” Dave


Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for July
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
(Unfortunately this is the last monthly East Devon Gig Guide from Rachel, who says:)
"This is just to let you know that I will not be compiling and sending out any more gig guides for Exmouth. It has become increasingly difficult to get information directly from both the venues and the artists. I have really enjoyed putting it together and would like to say a special thank you to Ted (always first to reply to my email!), Martin, Alison, Geoff and others who have supported the effort and to the many music loving subscribers to the gig guide. We are very lucky to live in a place with so much wonderful live music. Long may it continue. Rachel"

Session news
Okehampton: Okey Folky, The Plume of Feathers, 8 Fore St. EX20 1HB (01837 52815, www.facebook.com/Okey-Folky-2052675631681435)
Last Sunday of the month, 8pm. Open folk session/club. “Everyone is welcome, singers, dancers, musicians.”

Session News
This is always a good opportunity to mention that an ideal source of information about sessions across southern Devon and further afield in the county is www.flaxey-green.co.uk (which also contains a wealth of other folk information).
Jurassic Folk, Seaton - A reminder that Jurassic Folk now only meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, (including August). There are still folk arriving on the 1st Wednesday, only to be disappointed. For any other information, call Adrian and Gerry on 01404 549903.


[version sent on 8/6/18 to remainder of 270 contacts 'cleaned' by MailChimp, inviting re-subscription]
Once again this copy of yesterday's Harberton Folk email circular is being sent directly from my laptop (not via MailChimp, nor in MailChimp format this time) to those mostly btinternet / btopenworld / yahoo / aol / sky email addresses who were removed a while back from Harberton Folk's MailChimp database due to unknown circumstances and have not yet re-subscribed.
If you wish to continue receiving the regular circulars, please re-subscribe by going to www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where you’ll find a link to a short form to complete – and you’ll be back on the list.
Or simply reply to this email and ask me to re-subscribe you.
You can view Harberton Folk's GDPR-compliant Privacy Policy on the website.
Note that the e-circulars are now being sent from hfolk@johnculf.co.uk.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
At some point in the not too distant future I will no longer be able to continue sending these separate copies to you.
Best wishes
John Culf

[version sent to NON-GDPR segment on 8/6/18]
GDPR - Still time to update your preferences to continue receiving Harberton Folk Circulars - Please act now
The new GDPR data protection law came into force on May 25th.
I'm still hoping some more of the people who have not yet UPDATED THEIR PREFERENCES appropriately (see the link at the very foot of this circular) will do so to enable me to continue sending them the circulars. You will also find an 'unsubscribe' link there, should you need it.
The full list of 1350+ contacts is now effectively split into two parts, one containing the 955 contacts who have already updated, the other (to which this customised version of yesterday's circular is being sent) containing the remainder.
Alternatively, you can simply reply to this email and I can do the updates for you, if you tell me that is your wish.
New contacts can subscribe to the circulation at any time via a link provided on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation. John Culf

[version sent to GDPR CONSENT segment on 7/6/18]
Firstly, my thanks to the 955 contacts who have (thus far) confirmed their consent to continue receiving Harberton Folk emails. My list is now effectively divided into two parts, i.e. those who have, and those who have not (yet), re-confirmed. I'm now able to send separately to the two groups and will be sending further GDPR reminders (with the circular) to the latter group, and can assure everyone receiving this version of today's that this is the last time I will mention GDPR! Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation. John Culf


Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 25 May 2018
If you would like to continue receiving Harberton Folk email circulars...
...you must confirm your consent to do so - or your contact details will soon be removed from the circulation
I know many of you will be fed up of receiving emails about
GDPR - but today May 25th is the day the new law comes into force.
To date, barely half of my 1300+ contacts have signed up for continued circulars and I am sure there are many more who wish to remain on the list but just haven't got round to taking the appropriate action yet.
Even if you don't read any more of this circular, jump to the "Update subscription preferences" link at the very foot of this email which will offer you a very short simple form to complete - your existing details will already be there (with asterisks blanking most of your email address for security) - just tick both the vacant boxes and click 'Update Profile'. You can enter a completely different email address if you wish. (You could even 'Unsubscribe'!)
I intend to send several further reminders about this in the coming days because I really want to lose as few contacts as possible from the list.

Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 15 May 2018
Sorry it's been so long since the last circular. GDPR stuff has been taking up a lot of my spare time, but I think I'm almost there now.
GDPR Update - My Next Email will Require Action on Your Part
My next email (hopefully tomorrow) will be particularly important as it will hopefully ensure that the Harberton Folk email circulation is operating in compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force with effect from 25 May 2018.
You must take action as indicated in that next email (or any subsequent reminders) if you wish to continue receiving the e-circulars, i.e. re-confirm your consent to receive Harberton Folk e-circulars.
If you do not, we will unfortunately be obliged to remove your name and email address from the circulation.
Sorry to sound rather 'technical' or officious, but this IS REALLY IMPORTANT and we don't want to lose you!
Please also note that a few changes are also being made at the same time in the hope of reducing the likelihood of these circulars being regarded as spam/junk by some email systems/providers. For example, the sending address will in future appear as hfolk@johnculf.co.uk (in case you need to 'whitelist' this address or otherwise approve it for receiving Harberton Folk e-circulars.


Update on the New Data Protection Law (GDPR)
My thanks to the significant number of people who have sent comments and offered advice on this subject, following my piece last week. I'm beginning to get a good idea of what I need to do to keep the Harberton Folk email circulation 'legal' and will share this with you soon. It will require simple action on your part to enable you to continue receiving the e-circulars.

New Data Protection Law
Some of you may have heard recent mention of a new (EU) data protection law coming into effect on May 25th; some may have even heard its name: General Data Protection Regulation 'GDPR'. I am still struggling to understand the possible  implications of this for my Harberton Folk email circulars and the MailChimp data base containing your details which underpins the circulars, and what I may have to do - and ask you to do - to ensure compliance with the new law and thereby allow you to continue receiving these circulars. Watch this space! JC

Session News
[Following gleaned verbatim from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
Ermington (nr. Ivybridge): Crooked Spire Inn, The Square PL21 9LP (Pub: 01548 831288). Second Friday of the month, 8.30pm. Open mic. Music and song. No more.

Session News
[Following gleaned verbatim from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
Exeter: The Oddfellows, 60 New North Rd. EX4 4EP (01392 209050). Every Thursday, 9pm. Open mic. Used to be on Mondays.


Featured venue: Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
A wide variety of music - see www.facebook.com/pg/BrookInnPlympton/events (www.brookinnplympton.co.uk)
Tel. 01752 297604 - including.
NEW Monday 23 April 2018 - An Evening with Jim Causley
What better way to mark St George's Day than an evening of traditional folk tales and music from one of Devon's best loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene; Jim Causley. During the past decade Jim has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award and in 2017 he was nominated as “Singer of the Year” at the awards. We are delighted to offer an evening with Jim on St George's Day. Tickets £25 per person and include a two course meal. www.facebook.com/events/517564475294414.
NEW Friday 4 May 2018 - Peter Donegan - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
The son of skiffle legend, Lonnie Donegan, now performing his father's songs and keeping alive the memory of one of the first stars of the hit parade. Tickets £3, available adv at the bar (free to restaurant diners that evening). www.facebook.com/events/1926312494365575. Any money raised from ticket sales will go towards Peter's fundraising campaign to help fund treatment for his three year old "Little Man", Eric, who has just been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. www.gofundme.com/littlemanfund.
NEW Monday 23 July 2018 - Julie Felix
Julie's back for her fourth performance at The Brook Inn. This folk legend of the 60s and 70s will be entertaining a small, select audience and the evening includes a three course meal. The cost is just £35 per person and numbers are limited so that everyone can enjoy a very special evening in the company of Julie Felix. www.facebook.com/events/1998278277124715.


Flaxey Green Website - www.flaxey-green.co.uk
This excellent Devon website contains a wealth of folk-related information in addition to an events diary, such as comprehensive listings for folk dance clubs, pub sessions, bands, solo artists, callers, musicians wanted/available, morris sides, a For Sale section (currently including a couple of melodeons, a Peavey KB3 amplifier and other sound equipment.


Reminder for Gmail users:
As well as probably putting these circulars in the Promotions inbox folder (rather than the Primary folder), Gmail also 'clips' long emails, such as these circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.

Pig's Nose Music
I've only just become aware that music of various genres has been taking place again in East Prawle, the interesting venue being the hall attached to the pub. Sorry I missed reporting The Wurzels there last Saturday, but there are still tickets available for:
NEW Saturday 10 February 2018 9pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Pigs Nose Inn Hall, East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY (map)
Mad Dog blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Early bookers can also book return shuttle bus from Kingsbridge via East/West Charleton or Frogmore. Full details www.pigsnoseinn.co.uk.


'Roots and Shoots' on Exeter's community radio station Phonic FM www.phonic.fm
Listen on 106.8 FM and online on 1st, 3rd, 4th (and 5th) Mondays of the month 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Featuring the best in folk/roots music with a strong emphasis on local music - both live in the studio and recorded. News too of folk/roots events in Exeter and south and east Devon. We welcome contributions from musicians, singers and anyone involved with folk/roots/world music in and around Exeter. Most importantly, listen in, then get in touch to tell us your reactions and suggestions. Contact Roots and Shoots: Telephone 01837 871498 (Martin Henning), email m.henning@hotmail.co.uk.
A message from Adrian Bull
"I co-host the 'Roots and Shoots' radio show. I specialise in playing all things folk(ish) and am particularly keen to promote local artists and events/clubs. If you are a musician and would like me to play some of your music on the show, or even come on as a guest, then I would love to hear from you. I am also keen to have promoters, folk club organisers on the programme."

'Technical' Notes
1) I send copies of my circulars to several different email addresses of my own (Plusnet, Hotmail, Gmail) to help check that as many as possible are reaching their intended recipients. Last week the copy to my Plusnet address unusually finished up in my spam folder. Very occasionally a copy may disappear without trace. I have no idea why - the joys of email! Anyway, if you think you may be missing a copy at any time, you can always find the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk, along with the most recent circular(s).
2) A chance communication with a recipient of these circulars has revealed that Gmail, as well as probably putting the circulars in the Promotions inbox folder (rather than the Primary folder), also 'clips' long emails, such as these circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.
The person in question had failed to see the 'Christmas events' section in Part because of the above clipping.


The following interesting item appeared in Steve Cunio's Somerset & Dorset Folk Events Diary email today - Have any Harberton Folk recipients experienced this issue yet?
"Do you use Gmail?
I've had a couple of emails from people asking why SaDFolk had started to send them Google Calendar invitations to events they had no interest in. I haven't changed anything here, but following a bit of searching round the Net, I found that Google had made this 'improvement' to their service.
If you have a Gmail account and a Google Calendar account and any email you receive contains something which Google interprets as an event you might want to go to, it automatically adds the invitation to your calendar and sends you an email about it.
To turn this off, you need log into your Google Calendar then click on the gear wheel icon in the top right, select ‘settings’ then look for ‘Events in Gmail’. Under that there should be a ‘Add automatically’ setting. Deselect that and the problem should go away."
Please let me know (by reply to this email) if you as a Harberton Folk recipient have experienced this issue. Thanks. JC


Folk Music Maps - for Devon and Beyond
Do you want a quick visual guide to folk song and dance clubs elsewhere in Devon? Try the map on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs_map.html. Or further afield? Another (global) folk music map is available at www.folkmusicmap.wordpress.com (could do with a little udpating in places).

Folklore & Mythology Resource Guide
I've added the following link www.supersummary.com/folklore-mythology-guide (Folklore and Mythology Resource Guide) to the Links page page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

Also in Topsham, but not the Folk Club
Regular instrumental session (mainly English) at The Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map) on the first Tuesday every month (not August) 8pm- 10.30pm.


Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.


A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf


An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.


Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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Folk News for Cornwall
I'm sometimes asked if there is any equivalent of the Harberton Folk e-circulars (which essentially cover southern Devon) for Cornwall. I'm not aware of anything myself, but would be happy to pass on any new information supplied to me.
The quarterly Folk News Kernow covering the county can be viewed/downloaded at
Bodmin Folk Club's website has numerous links, at
More Folks News for (North) Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - Shammick Acoustic, North Devon folk information
www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Covers much of Devon: folk events, song/dance clubs, sessions, ceilidhs and much more

Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings
Website listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events - Regular email updates
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk, Steve Cunio) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
Folk in Cornwall
What it says on the tin - www.folkincornwall.co.uk - clubs, sessions, events...
Acoustic Calendar - Sign up for email updates at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com
Tony Watts' monthly calendar of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mics in the South West. "The Acoustic Calendar is all about DIY music (NOT concerts, gigs, ceilidhs etc). The purpose of the Calendar is to keep you informed of all the places where you can take your voice and/or instrument and join in or do your own thing."
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.